What is Neighborhood Park Watch?
Neighborhood Park Watch is a crime prevention program for your neighborhood or regional park. Like a neighborhood crime watch, it helps provide youths, adults and senior citizens with information to reduce crime, drugs and gangs from our parks. You are the solution; your eyes and ears are a valuable crime prevention tool.
Park Watch consists of:
- Teaching citizens techniques for personal safety, as well as techniques to reduce the risk of being victimized in parks or other public areas;
- Training citizens on the importance of recognizing suspicious activities and how to report them; and
- Creating cohesive body of concerned citizens addressing issues that are of importance to the entire community.
Park watch is not:
- A vigilante force.
- A program designed for participants to take personal risks to prevent or intervene in crime.
- A 100% guarantee that crime will not occur in Clark County Parks.
How does Park Watch Work?
Because residents know their community parks best, they are better able to spot strangers who are acting suspicious or situations that “just don’t look right.” A concerned community can help reduce crime by simply reporting suspicious activity to the police or park officials. By getting to know your parks and practicing a few rules and safety tips that we provide, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Neighborhood Park Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. It forges bonds among park neighbors and park users, helps reduce graffiti, burglaries, robberies and vandalism, and improves relations between residents and the Park Police.
Park Watch Volunteers
Volunteers, in essence, “adopt” their parks and facilities. Volunteers are cognizant of the activities that occur within those facilities and serve as the “eyes and ears” for the Clark County Park Police.
Volunteers look for:
- Someone looking into windows of parked cars.
- Property being taken or damaged.
- A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to children
- Young children playing unsupervised in the park.
- Unusual noises.
- Anyone being forced into a car.
- Person(s) loitering in a dimly lit area with no apparent reason.
- Someone yelling for help.
Consider the following if you would like to participate or form a Park Watch group.
- Contact the Park Police to schedule training in personal security and reporting skills and for information on local crime patterns.
- Recruit members, speak to new neighbors and make special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents and young people.
To schedule a meeting for your area call the Clark County Park Police at (702) 455-7532.